Grab A Can Of WD-40 To Keep Your Lamp Post In Tip-Top Shape

Lamposts are both a blessing and a curse for a homeowner. On the one hand, they boost your home's curb appeal and add some old-world ambiance to your front yard. They're a charming way to light up your property after dark, and they add a pleasant glow to the neighborhood. On the other hand, they're yet another thing you have to perform routine maintenance on. If you don't, they can easily start to look rusty and shabby. Luckily, WD-40 can help you maintain them with little to no effort. It will prevent rust and water build-up while tackling dirt, stains, and grime.

This handy household spray can help with all sorts of front yard maintenance, from killing prickly weeds to helping you trim your yard's bushes. That's why this is such a great hack to try — if you're already using the spray around your yard, you might as well utilize it to keep your lamp post in pristine condition, too. Here is everything you need to know to make that happen.

How to use WD-40 to maintain your lamp post

To properly clean your lamp post, you first need to know what it's made of. Since it's made for outside use — and will likely take a beating from the weather from time to time — it's probably made out of steel. Because of this, you have to maintain it in a way that discourages rust from forming. To do so, routinely clean it with soap, water, and a stiff brush to remove dirt and keep moisture at a minimum. Then, to make it look like it just came out of the box, spray WD-40 on a rag or microfiber cloth and buff it into the painted steel. This will remove any smudges and give it a brand-new shine. Even better, it will also help protect the steel from moisture buildup. WD-40 is a water displacer first and foremost, which means that it repels water from the surface it's sprayed on. This will help keep corrosion and rust at bay.

Next up is cleaning the actual lantern. To do so, see if you can remove the lantern from the post so you don't have to clean it while being on a ladder. Then, remove the glass and use WD-40 to wipe away any dust or grime. This handy spray is great at dislodging dirt from surfaces, so it will help you tackle any stubborn stains or gunk with less scrubbing. After that, your lamp post should look sparkling.